[R] prelim.norm() function not working

Inman, Brant A. M.D. Inman.Brant at mayo.edu
Wed Apr 25 15:00:07 CEST 2007

Thank you very much, that was indeed the problem. (And now that I read
more carefully the help page, it did in fact say that the input was a
data matrix and not a data frame.)

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Subject: Re: [R] prelim.norm() function not working

Looks like you have a data frame where you need a matrix.  (The same 
issue occurs in most of Joe Schafer's packages, e.g. mix.)

Try as.matrix(usnews).

On Tue, 24 Apr 2007, Brant Inman wrote:

> R-experts:
> I am trying to reproduce some of Paul Allison's results in his little
> green book on missing data (Sage 2002).  The dataset for which I am
> having problems, "usnews", can be found at:
> http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/books/md/default.htm.  I am working on a
> Windows machine with R 2.5 installed, all packages up-to-date.
> The problem has to do with the prelim.norm() function of the package
> "norm".   Specifically, I need to use this pre-processing function to
> later use the EM algorithm and DA procedures in the norm package.  I
> am getting an error with the following code.
> ----------------------
>> pre <- prelim.norm(usnews)
> Error in as.double.default(list(csat = c(972L, 961L, NA, 881L, NA, NA,
>        (list) object cannot be coerced to 'double'
> ---------------------
> I have read the previous postings and I am wondering if the problem
> with prelim.norm is the size of the usnews dataset or the amount of
> missing data.
> --------------------
>> dim(usnews)
> [1] 1302    7
> --------------------
> Does anyone have any ideas?  If not, are there alternatives to norm
> for implementing the MLE and EM methods of dealing with missing data?
> Thanks,
> Brant Inman
> Mayo Clinic
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